Monday, May 18, 2009

Congress may debate tax on soft drinks

"Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system," reports the Wall Street Journal. Sound ridiculous? Over at LiveScience, they have a list of studies you should be aware of before getting too miffed.

Studies in 2006 and 2004 linked soda to obesity. In 2007, a study found a link between soft drinks and diabetes, another found soda intake increased risk factors for heart disease. Last year, a study found soda increased the risk of joint disease in men. For women, a study this linked soft drinks to kidney disease.

Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney problems, joint problems. This stuff is expensive to treat. Why shouldn't soda drinkers (and soft drink companies) pay like cigarette smokers?

Pound360's problem with this is simple. For those of us that have a can of diet soda (or two) per week, and may never face health problems linked to soda intake, we'd still be paying the price. But in the end, we're okay contributing a little for the greater good. Go soda tax.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.